The Number of Air Travellers Continues to Grow Slowly; the Network of Destinations is Expanding



Operational data on Airport performance in the first five months of 2021 show that the number of passengers handled at Riga Airport this May has increased by 54% as compared to April.


In May, the Airport served slightly more than 85 thousand passengers, which is almost 30 thousand more than a month before, when the Airport handled 55.2 thousand passengers.

However, as compared to the pre-crisis indicators in 2019, the decline in the number of passengers in the first five months of this year is still significant: only 248 thousand passengers were handled, which is 91% fewer than in 2019.

In May, the number of flights served at Riga Airport also increased – 2 302 flights were handled, which is 526 flights more than a month before. A total of 8 327 aircraft took off and landed at the Airport in the first five months of this year, and the number of flights dropped by 75% in 2021 as compared to 2019.

As airlines resume operations at Riga Airport, the route network is also expanding – this week, it is possible to travel from Riga to 62 destinations, but next week the route network will be expanded by two more flights, offering travellers the widest connectivity in the Baltics.

Growth also continues in the cargo segment. In May, 2 323 tonnes of cargo were handled at Riga Airport, and as compared to May of the previous year, the volume of cargo has increased by 68%. A total of more than 10 thousand tonnes of cargo were handled at Riga Airport in the first five months of 2021, which is an increase of 26% as compared to the corresponding period of 2020.


Riga Airport is a fast-growing Northern European air traffic hub, connecting the Baltic States with European business centres and popular holiday destinations. As a member organization of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Aviation Industry Charter for COVID-19, Riga Airport works to the highest standards of epidemiological safety. Skytrax has awarded Riga Airport a four-star rating for its implemented Covid-19 safety measures.